Stuff You Need to Know: RZA to Direct the Original Khan
By Widge - posted 11.14.12 @ 1:01 pm
'Who did you say is directing? Whoa.'
Yes, sorry, we've been away...but we've been trapped down in this hellhole with rats, a huge hole in the floor and a pendulum. Long story. Anyway, here's the gist: a lot of sites try to turn a bunch of press releases into blog posts and articles. You wind up reading 500 words to find out some start from The CW is now the tertiary lead in Saw XIV. Not here. We distill all of that stuff into an info smoothie that you can suck down in one sitting and get on with your life. Enjoy.
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Warning. This is the trailer for Any Day Now. Alan Cumming is going to break you.
Since I know many people enjoy Archer, be aware that the third season hits Blu-Ray on January 8th. Pre-order link here.
The Battlestar Galactica prequel, Blood & Chrome, which is "airing" on Machinima at the moment will be hitting Blu-Ray from Universal on February 19th. Pre-order link is here.
On one hand, the notion of a Beverly Hills Cop movie gives you two simultaneous reactions: "What took them so long?" and "Oh shit." However, Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) is going to play Axel's son Aaron...with Axel being reprised by executive producer Eddie Murphy (in the pilot, at least). Source.
Disney might be adapting their Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride for television. Yes, as a show. No, you don't necessarily need to know this but I felt you would appreciate the warning. And the further evidence supporting the Law of Relative Development. Source: Variety.
Did you see the bit where RZA is on board to direct Genghis Khan, with John (Conan the Barbarian) Milius' script? Production is expected to start next year. And I checked...Man With the Iron Fists has just about made its production budget back with just its domestic box office take alone...so yeah, the man's got a career in the chair if he wants it. Source.
The full trailer for The Host is now up at MTV. And honestly, I wouldn't give two shits but the fact that Saoirse Ronan (which I believe is pronounced "Joan Smith") is the lead has my attention. Because she's excellent in most everything.
So the Complete Series boxed set of Mission: Impossible is pricey as hell. But it is the whole thing. And it's in a case that looks like a big, fat stick of dynamite. Badass. It's out December 11th. Pre-order link here.
Sadly, my dream of Brad Bird directing the next Star Wars may be dead--this because he's helming 1952 for Disney. It's a "Close Encounters-esque" flick that could wind up starring George Clooney. Beyond that, not much is known. Source: Variety.
Peter Pan is getting the Diamond Blu-Ray treatment from Disney, due February 5th. Pre-order link here.
Dig Jon Snow? Then you'll be pleased to learn that actor Kit Harington is in talks to star in Pompeii--yes, they're turning the eruption into a disaster movie. He'll play a slave who has to head back into town to save the love his life and a gladiator friend. Paul W.S. Anderson is helming...and I don't know, if they aim for more Irwin Allen and less Roland Emmerich, I would probably be quite happy. Incidentally, Harington is a voice in How to Train Your Dragon 2: Train Harder. Source: Variety.
Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.